Tuesday, October 4, 2011

News: Are You Ready wins Start Up Britain award


Rotherham-based enterprise education project, Are You Ready? has won the StartUp Britain Best Enterprise Support Award sponsored by Ernst & Young.

The award recognises locally-based support projects targeting regional growth and enterprise, but which have the capacity for scaling nationally. It was open to start-ups or individuals that may have had a positive social and economic impact in their region, are sustainable, and have been running for less than three years.

Are You Ready? is a national programme based on the ground-breaking work taking place in Rotherham through Rotherham Ready. It aims to prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st Century by inspiring teachers to integrate enterprise skills and culture into the life and curriculum of schools and colleges.

Successful businessman and Secret Millionaire, Carl Hopkins, launched the project in June and gave his backing to the pioneering programme by becoming a founding patron.

Representatives from Rotherham were in London last night to receive the award from Business Secretary Vince Cable. He said: "Enterprise is the lifeblood of our economy and the people represented in this competition show just how much British entrepreneurs can achieve.

"In government, we are working to create an environment that helps new businesses flourish and the entrepreneurs nominated for these awards are a shining example of the business success we want this country to be known for around the world."

Judges were impressed by the fact the initiative is "scalable and easy to replicate in other countries." Rotherham's success has been replicated in a number of places – having successfully launched Hull Ready in 2008 and exporting "Inspire" enterprise training to Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Warrington, Liverpool and Spain.

Jackie Frost, project manager at Are You Ready?, said; "Winning this award is an amazing achievement for our campaign. We've been working hard to effect culture change through enterprise in education and we're going to use this as a platform to take our message even further across the UK."

Stephen Catlin, Chief Executive of international insurer Catlin Group, was named Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur Of The Year. A finalist for the award was Mark Pearson, chairman of Markco Media, whose myvouchercodes business successfully grew from incubation space at RiDO's Moorgate Crofts business centre.

Are You Ready? website

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